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NAM and HKU announce first Fellow in Global Health Leadership

February 21, 2019

Thanks to the generous donation from Dr. Patrick Poon, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) have established the NAM-HKU Fellowship in Global Health Leadership which aims to provide a two-year training for early- to mid-career scholars to learn and work at the HKU School of Public Health and the National Academy of Medicine in areas under the umbrella of global health leadership.  The fellowship program will commence in 2019 and run for three years initially, with one Fellow to be selected each year.

The two-year Fellowship will include:

  • a scholarship to undertake the Master of Public Health program, on either part-time or full-time basis, at The University of Hong Kong, Asia’s Global University and the oldest university in Hong Kong;
  • a three-month stay at the National Academy of Medicine in Washington, D.C., each year for two consecutive years, during which time the Fellow will actively learn about the work of an appropriate Board/Expert Committee/Roundtable, and be assigned a faculty mentor who is a member of the NAM;
  • round-trip airfare and accommodation for the 2 three-month stays at the NAM; and
  • attachment at HKU School of Public Health, which has an internationally recognized track record of innovative and groundbreaking research in public health, and a leader in postgraduate and professional education and training in public health in Asia.

Among nearly 100 applications received from 31 economies across six continents, Dr. Chinmoy Sarkar was selected to be the inaugural NAM-HKU Fellow in Global Health Leadership.

Born and raised in India and educated in his home country and the United Kingdom, Dr. Sarkar is the concept lead, developer and primary investigator of the UK Biobank Urban Morphometric Platform (UKBUMP) project which involves spatial modeling and development of the world’s largest health-specific built environment data platform studying links between built environment and health. His goal is to develop more robust and causal models of associations between built environment and health and test them on some of the world’s leading epidemiological cohorts, with an objective of informing urban health policies that can accurately incentivize or constrain positive or negative urban externalities and lifestyles respectively. Through formal training provided by the Fellowship, Dr. Sarkar hopes to develop the science of healthy cities, and create/retrofit spaces and places in our neighborhoods and cities that support healthy behaviors and lifestyle. View more about Dr. Chinmoy Sarkar and his work here.